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Addicted to Stress: A Woman's 7 Step Program to Reclaim Joy and Spontaneity in Life



Addicted to Stress: A Woman's 7 Step Program to Reclaim Joy and Spontaneity in Life

Debbie Mandel

ISBN: 978-0-470-48590-3 January 2010 Jossey-Bass 256 Pages


A woman's down-to-earth guide for releasing stress and reclaiming her free-spirit

Stress management expert and radio personality Debbie Mandel presents her highly original program for stress reduction. She explains that women who are constantly stressed out have forgotten the dreams of the free-spirited girl living inside them before they became somebody's wife, mother, or workplace colleague. This book, the inspiring and humorous story of successful recovery from stress addiction, outlines her seven steps that have proven to help women overcome daily stressors and reclaim a life of joy and spontaneity.

  • Explores the habit forming pressure principle of stress addiction and how to cure it
  • Provides step-by-step program for self-empowerment, self-care, healthy narcissism, and renewing humor in a woman's relationships
  • Explains the powerful, researched based relationship between food, exercise, and mood
  • Contains indispensable strategies for accepting constructive conflicts with a spouse, partner, friend or colleague to get what she wants
  • Teaches specific techniques for reducing and eliminating stress reduction

Addicted to Stress shows how as the addiction to stress is cured, women find it possible to build up an immunity to outside pressure and become their true core self.

Preface vii

STEP 1 Be Aware of Your Own Stress Addiction 1

STEP 2 Reclaim Your Identity 31

STEP 3 Learn to Become a Healthy Narcissist 57

STEP 4 Build a Healthy Body 85

STEP 5 Cultivate Your Sense of Fun and Humor 119

STEP 6 Jump-Start Your Libido 147

STEP 7 Reframe Your Thoughts 175

EPILOGUE A New View of You 205

Notes 219

Resources 225

About the Author 229

Index 231